Persecution

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Islamist mob kills Coptic Christian woman in Cairo

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | An Islamist mob beat, stabbed, and shot Mary Sameh George to death in Cairo on March 28, reportedly because of the cross hanging in her car. George, a Coptic…

Vietnam cracks down on Christians as Easter nears

By Julia A. Seymour
Posted

Persecution | Even during Lent, Catholics imprisoned in communist Vietnam are not allowed to attend Mass or receive Bibles, and priests are not allowed to visit prisoners.

North Korea: Move on, Jesus. There’s nothing to do here

By Sophia Lee
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North Korea | Weeks after Australian missionary John Short was deported from North Korea for “anti-state” religious acts, the state-controlled news website Uriminzokkiri

Russia targets churches in Crimean crackdown

By Julia A. Seymour
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Ukraine | Amid the turmoil between Ukraine and Russia, Crimean Catholics fear Russian oppression and say their church already is suffering great persecution. 

Midday Roundup: Iran toys with Saeed Abedini’s health

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Critical condition. Iranian doctors refused to treat pastor Saeed Abedini and sent him back to prison to suffer yesterday. Abedini, an Iranian-American…

North Korea releases Australian missionary

By Leigh Jones
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Persecution | In a surprise move Monday, North Korean officials freed a Christian missionary from Australia who was arrested for handing out Bibles in Pyongyang. John…

Christians aren’t killers, CAR church leaders insist

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christian leaders in the war-ravaged country of Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this month reiterated condemnation for the violence and repudiated…

Kidnapped nuns no longer bear the cross

By Raymond Ibrahim
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Syria | In a new video of the 12 Christian nuns kidnapped by rebels in Syria (see below), the nuns sit in a room while being questioned by an unseen man, presumably…

Militants make Christians pay for Kenyan mosque raid

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Islamic extremists are suspected of murdering a pastor in Mombasa, Kenya, in retaliation for police raids on a nearby mosque.  Militants gunned down…

America’s ‘no-show’ on international religious freedom

By J.C. Derrick
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Religious Liberty | WASHINGTON—A handful of House lawmakers gathered on Tuesday for a hearing to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the globe. Expert…

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws create open season for Christian persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | False accusations of blasphemy, forced marriages, and social hostility face Christians in Pakistan, where many view non-Muslims as a lower class and not even…

Obama finally urges freedom for Bae, Abedini

By Edward Lee Pitts
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Religion | President uses National Prayer Breakfast to highlight religious liberty abroad but not at home

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